hung_big: Before I get started, I would ask you guys to please refrain from giving me trite responces like "I love you", "everything will be alright", "welcome to life" etc. I realize that stress, anger, sadness and all negative feelings are all part of the human condition, but I need some real advice right not, rather than snide remarks or flowery comments. Also, don't mistake this as a cop for pity - I get enough of that as it is. So here's my situation: 1. I've been thinking alot lately. It seems alot of past problems and demons still plague my mind. I keep thinking about personal issues that I've had in the past that I still am somewhat attached to. My thoughts keep wandering and always get caught in a vortex of self-pity (which I hate). 2. My sister has a bowel blockage and the radiologist said that she will most likely get surgery. Because it is near her ribcage (and near vital organs and bones), if something goes wrong a lot of horrible things can happen. I love her to death and she is the only one that keeps me grounded in my house. She is only 11 and is possibly going to have to go through more pain than I've even been in (at least physically) 3. I'm stressed about school. I am trying to pass my courses (which is hard under the circumstances), but am having a really tough time, due to my absenteeism. Secondly, I've gotten 5 tests and 4 projects in the last week-and-a-half. I know stress is part of life, but when your teachers are extremely inconsiderate towards your situation, it doesn't help much. 4. Tomorrow I'm performing at a banquet and catering there as well. I'm at my wits end because I have to coreograph another dance scene like 2 hours before the banquet starts when the dancers come in. It's insane. 5. My family situation has worsened. With my being bi and very assertive, my parents sometimes get to me. My mother has been unusually mean to me the last two weeks, and it hasn't helped at all on top of other stresses. She's been unfair (biased towards my sister), CONSTANTLY picks fights with me, is nitpicky and just aggravates me. I love her to death, but when I try to approach her about her being unfair she is too stubborn to admit to it and blows me off or starts another fight with me (rehashing does NO good). Those are the five main stressors in my life right now, along with trying to get a part-time job, extra-curriculars, exams coming up, final projects, amongst other things. I'm afraid I'm going to have a meltdown. Any help is appreciated and thanks in advance to anybody that can.